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27th Annual Delaware Healthcare Forum

27th Annual Delaware Healthcare Forum Recap

A person standing at a podium with a microphoneDescription automatically generatedThe 27th Annual Delaware Healthcare Forum kicked off last Tuesday at the Rollins Center at Bally’s in Dover, Delaware with a welcome message from DHA’s Board of Directors Chair, David Tam, MD, MBA, CPHE, FACHE, President & CEO of Beebe Healthcare. Dr. Tam introduced DHA’s new President and CEO, Brian Frazee.

DHA’s Vice President, President, Megan McNamara Williams, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, gave the first presentation of the day with an Advocacy and Legislative Update. She discussed DHA advocacy successes, such as Senate Bill 98 to expand the Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program and Senate Concurrent Resolution 64, creating a task force to address the barriers that prevent long-stay patients from being discharged to more appropriate care settings. She also addressed other health-related legislation that passed this year, or that may come back up next year, in the Delaware General Assembly.

Keynote speaker Kathleen McGrow, DNP, MS, RN, PMP, FHIMSS, FAAN, Global Chief Nursing Information Officer, Microsoft Health & Life Sciences, presented on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Generative AI in Healthcare. She surprised the audience by explaining that almost everyone uses AI already – their smart phones. She also described how AI can help address current and future healthcare workforce challenges.

A group of women sitting at a podiumDescription automatically generatedDHA’s Megan McNamara Williams (above) moderated an expert panel on the Delivery of Virtual Healthcare in Delaware featuring: Elizabeth Johnson-Salerno, MSN, RN, PCNS-BC, CPEN, Assistant Vice President, Acute Care, Day Medicine and Infusion Services, Nemours Children’s Health; Michelle Collins, DNP, APRN, CNS, ACNS-BC, NPD-BC, NEA-BC, LSSBB, Vice President, Nursing Professional Excellence, ChristianaCare; Sylvia Craig, Director of Operations, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic, Saint Francis Hospital; and Teresa Niblett, DNP, MS, RN-BC, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, TidalHealth. The panel covered how Delaware health systems are using virtual care now and where they anticipate virtual care heading in the future. 

A group of people at a podiumDescription automatically generatedKate Smith (above), MD, MPH, Program Manager, Clinical Liaison, Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association led a panel discussion on Addressing Patient Needs Beyond Clinical Care. Panelists included: Katherine Rodgers, MPH, Director of Community Health Initiatives, Population Health Management, TidalHealth; Roseann Velez, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, Advanced Practice Clinician Director, Bayhealth; Greg O’Neill, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, NPD-BC, NEA-BC, Director, Patient & Family Health Education/Nursing Professional Development, ChristianaCare; and Tim Gibbs, MPH, NPMc, Executive Director, Delaware Academy of Medicine, Delaware Public Health Association. The panel discussed how health systems are leveraging partnerships in the community to address the social drivers that can impact patients’ health outcomes, such as food insecurity, access to transportation, health literacy, and more.

Two men standing next to each otherDescription automatically generatedDHA’s Brian Frazee presented this year’s AHA Grassroots Award to David Briele, Senior Director, Patient Financial Services, Bayhealth. David has been instrumental in helping develop legislation introduced in the General Assembly, such as the prompt payment (SB 143) and prior authorization reform bills (SB 10). He also worked with DHA to make necessary improvements to the medical debt legislation (SS2 for SB 8) that passed this year.


A person standing at a podium with a podium and people sitting at a tableDescription automatically generatedNicholas A. Moriello, R.H.U. President, Highmark BCBS Delaware, moderated a panel of health system finance leaders that covered Healthcare System Financial Challenges. Rising expenses and low or negative margins are contributing to these current challenges. Panelists included: Michael J. Tretina, CPA, MBA, FHFMA, FACHE, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Bayhealth; Rebecca Ford, MS, CHFP, Corporate Director, Population Health & Business Planning Finance, ChristianaCare; Stephanie Gary, CPA, MBA, FACHE, Chief Financial Officer, TidalHealth; and Ryan Forman, Vice President of Finance, Delaware Valley, Nemours Children’s Health.

A group of people sitting at a tableDescription automatically generatedThe final panel of the day, ACHE Panel: Sustainable Strategies to Support Resiliency and Professional Well-being for Healthcare Professionals, was moderated by past Grassroots Award winner, Heather Farley, MD, MHCDS, FACEP Chief Wellness Officer, ChristianaCare. Experts discussed how their health systems are addressing employee wellness. ACHE panelists included: Ashley Foster, MBA, SVP, Chief People Officer, Beebe Healthcare; Susan Lloyd, MSN, RN, President & CEO, Delaware Hospice; and Thomas Vaughan, MD, Chief Wellness Officer, Bayhealth. Dr. Vaughan also recognized Bayhealth’s Rachel Watson for going above and beyond in her dedication to caring for the community.

We want to thank all the panelists, sponsors, and attendees who made the 27th Annual Delaware Healthcare Forum a success!